Surely, Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Theme: The Great Shepherd
Topic: Surely, Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me
Luke 4:18-19; Psalm 23:1-6
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Goodness refers to all the good things, which come from God – forgiveness of sin, peace, joy, health, wealth and prosperity. We receive the goodness of God as we practise His Word and walk in obedience. In the event of slip-ups however, we can rely on His mercy. God has pity on us even when we don’t deserve it. Every good gift comes from the Father of lights. A good pastor teaches his or her congregation to live in the expectation of good things from the Father (James 1:16-17).
Goodness and mercy following us is not the challenge of many Christians, rather accepting that goodness and mercy will “surely” follow us, and follow us all the days of our lives. But God says goodness and mercy shall surely follow us. Even if difficult situations come our way, it should not be prolonged. Paul said he is persuaded that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39).
Whatever God does shall be forever (Ecclesiastes 3:14). God’s goodness and mercy are not following you until your children grow up to take over, but it shall follow you all the days of your life.
It is not automatic for goodness and mercy to follow us. We must ask God in faith for them to follow us. Jesus Christ taught His disciples that the Father gives good gifts to His children who ask Him (Matthew 7:7-11). The pastor must activate every act of God’s goodness and mercy by teaching the Word of God and leading the church to pray with expectation. The goodness and mercy of God last a lifetime. He is our Shepherd and He keeps us to the end. He is our God even until the end.
1. Pray that a new chapter of blessings will follow you, and anything negative stops following you.
2. Pray that the Lord will establish any good thing He has started in your life.
3. Pray also that any blessing – like good health and strength – you’ve enjoyed or are enjoying now will follow you even in your old age.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
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